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Daemon Audiobook

Daemon

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Publisher's Summary

Technology controls almost everything in our modern-day world, from remote entry on our cars to access to our homes, from the flight controls of our airplanes to the movements of the entire world economy. Thousands of autonomous computer programs, or daemons, make our networked world possible, running constantly in the background of our lives, trafficking e-mail, transferring money, and monitoring power grids. For the most part, daemons are benign, but the same can't always be said for the people who design them.

Matthew Sobol was a legendary computer game designer - the architect behind half-a-dozen popular online games. His premature death depressed both gamers and his company's stock price. But Sobol's fans aren't the only ones to note his passing. When his obituary is posted online, a previously dormant daemon activates, initiating a chain of events intended to unravel the fabric of our hyper-efficient, interconnected world. With Sobol's secrets buried along with him, and as new layers of his daemon are unleashed at every turn, it's up to an unlikely alliance to decipher his intricate plans and wrest the world from the grasp of a nameless, faceless enemy - or learn to live in a society in which we are no longer in control. . . .

Computer technology expert Daniel Suarez blends haunting high-tech realism with gripping suspense in an authentic, complex thriller in the tradition of Michael Crichton, Neal Stephenson, and William Gibson.

©2009 Daniel Suarez; (P)2009 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"Suarez's riveting debut would be a perfect gift for a favorite computer geek or anyone who appreciates thrills, chills, and cyber suspense....A final twist that runs counter to expectations will leave readers anxiously awaiting the promised sequel." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Dara 03-16-14
    Dara 03-16-14

    dreusch@aol.com

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    "Interesting but a little too chaotic"

    This book started out very well and grabbed my interest right away. I just got a little tired of the continuous repetitive action, especially towards the end, which I felt sacrificed the story. Also, it is just a teensy bit chauvinistic. The gamers and computer wunderkind are all male, (except for one token lady). It is obvious that this book was aimed towards the 20 something guy and that's ok. But, the fact that this was SO obvious is what took away some of my enjoyment.

    The narrator was great and he deserves all five stars.

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    Rishard Chapoteau hawthorne, nj USA 03-03-14
    Rishard Chapoteau hawthorne, nj USA 03-03-14 Member Since 2004
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    "WOW!!!!!"

    This is one of the best books I've listened to in a while. Its just flat out amazing. It goes in so many different unpredictable directions. To top it off I don't know who I'm rooting for which makes it even better.

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    Phillip 03-03-14
    Phillip 03-03-14
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    "What in the Daemon is going on here?"

    I listened to this story over a period of a couple of weeks of travel. I was really intrigued by how the story started. It was clear that the author has a good grasp (or at least the appearance of a grasp) on computer technology. There was a struggle between the ethic undertone of the story and the sheer overwhelming technology involved. I really tried to suspend my disbelief. I am a tech guy, so I was intrigued. However, the story ended in such a way that I almost got whiplast. it was if the author just said, "OK, I"m tired of writing. Here is a mystical pathway to follow. Adios" Very unsatisfactory "conclusion to a very convoluted story.

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    Mario Cave Creek, AZ, United States 02-12-14
    Mario Cave Creek, AZ, United States 02-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Of the 400+ books I've listened to...THE BEST!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Daemon to be better than the print version?

    Unknown


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Ah...YES!!


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Gurner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes...Suarez's two other books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I actually wrote to the author to thank him for his story!


    Any additional comments?

    WOW, WOW....WOW!!!

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    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 01-28-14
    Cindy Torrance, Ca USA 01-28-14 Member Since 2015

    I'm a high school English teacher, partner, mom, daughter, sister, and adventurer.

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    "Understand technology? You'll appreciate this one"
    Where does Daemon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was entertaining and engrossing. Maybe an 8 out of 10.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sobel, he was the brains of the operation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I appreciate the descriptions of how the technology works to carry out Sobel's plans.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    The reader could go a bit slower, especially since the content requires so much thinking and imagining. I also found the technology aspects much more believable than the human participation. But... I'd actually enjoy seeing this as a movie.

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    locrawl 01-20-14
    locrawl 01-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Prepare for the future"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Daemon to be better than the print version?

    Can't say - haven't read print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way the plot unfolded. Lots of twists in ways I never expected, and I did try to anticipate some of them and failed. The author is very creative and knows how to appeal to the techlust generation.


    What does Jeff Gurner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His narration helped to give each character a greater personality through their dialect and spoken attitude.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I wouldn't say extreme, but it did get me motivated to accept such a world changing event as a global darknet. I was rooting for it and excited to see it succeed. AI is pretty nifty.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book, and the next one is even better. This first book is slightly more unrealistic than the second, but not to the point where it'll turn you away. It's written by an author that has a pretty good understanding of technology, and appeals to techies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Gilbert, AZ 01-05-14
    Joe Gilbert, AZ 01-05-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Intense"

    What a great book. Refreshing point of view. The way the story is written, you can see everything unfolding in the real world.

    As soon as I finished this book, I bought the sequel!

    You will too.

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    Dean Jones Jr. Atlanta, GA 01-04-14
    Dean Jones Jr. Atlanta, GA 01-04-14
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    "My favorite book so far..."

    This is my favorite audible book so far. It took me a while to listen to it. It started off with a nice pace, but at times it got a little overly done with the details. I'm all for details when describing things in books, but there were quite a few times when I found myself muttering "yeah, yeah... I got it already" while listening to this book. That made it sort of hard to listen to at times. However, once the story got back on its way, I was happy again.

    The buildup of characters is fantastic. I lost a few names while carrying on through the book because there are a few characters going on throughout the book, so sometimes when a name was brought up, I found myself saying "Who is he? Is he new? Did they mention him at some point already?" This is probably more my fault than anything, since I can only keep a stack of 3-4 characters in my head at any given time.

    I was slightly displeased with the ending, I never got a clear understanding of what Sobol's intentions were, but I'm hoping it leaves room for a sequel. Overall, I'm very pleased with the book. I will certainly give it another listen in the near future and maybe pick up more characters and not forget them as easily as the book goes on.

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    Alexandra 11-26-13
    Alexandra 11-26-13
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    "Thrill ride into the future"

    Fast paced thriller, man pitting wits against technology makes for a really good listen! At times in this novel you find yourself unsure whether what the heroes are experiencing is real or just computerized visions. Well worth a read.

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    Strephon Springfield, VA, USA 10-10-13
    Strephon Springfield, VA, USA 10-10-13 Member Since 2011

    Aires male -- often butts head against reality

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    "Grips You from Beginning to End (?)"

    You don't really notice the fact that there are almost no women, and for anyone who cares, a few less-than-positive references to gays. The story-telling is so powerful and the wordimagery so accessible to the imagination that I wanted more immediately. The ending, which I won't spoil, does hint at a sequel. I hope there is one. This book is everything sci-fi can and should be: a speculation on the future of the human species that engages us and leaves us thinking rather than just entertained.

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